PHIA News Digest – Vol. 5, No. 34

August 24, 2020

The road to a COVID-19 recovery has to include transit funding

Despite essential employees depending on these agencies for transportation, the pandemic has cost transit agencies millions of dollars in lower ridership. Because there are also less drivers on the roads, tolls paid by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission that are supposed to help pay for Pennsylvania’s public transit systems are under threat as well.

PennDOT earns regional awards for operations excellence

PennDOT recently received regional America’s Transportation Awards for operational excellence and best use of technology. The department’s operational excellence award was for the Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement Program and the best use of technology award was for the Shaler Street Bridge Replacement.

How your commute will get worse if the state yanks SEPTA funding

SEPTA General Manager Leslie Richards told the Pennsylvania House Transportation Committee Wednesday that a handful of transit services would vanish in the next decade if the authority can’t secure its usual funding from Harrisburg — now in jeopardy amid the pandemic-induced state budget crisis.

PennDOT gets green light for more roadwork in Philly region

PennDOT’s regional office has received the green light to embark on several major highway reconstruction projects in the Philadelphia area in the coming years.


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